Reader Mail (10 March 2003)
Recently, I went to see The Two Towers and I noticed Wilhelm in the
Helm's Deep battle, I, naturally, pointed out to my girlfriend that this
scream was from, or at least had been used in, the Sarlacc scene in
Return of the Jedi. She promptly decided I was a Star Wars obsessive
and left me for a fat guy with his own radio show. Life, not to mention
George Lucas, is cruel. However, thanks to your site, I now feel
vindicated and will be mentioning it in my next hopeless attempt to win
her back. Yours sincerely Duckman Doug xxx
You know, to me this letter just reads like this:
"I'm a big geek and I pointed out to my girlfriend
that I'm a big geek. She promptly decided I was a big geek and left
me for a big geek. I'm a big geek. However, thanks to your site,
I'm a big geek and will be mentioning that I'm a big geek in
my next attempt to be a big geek. Yours sincerely a big ol' geek."
In last year's Ratings: Utensils, you described spatulas as "the
flexible things you use to scrape bowls." While you were correct in
describing the things you use to turn pancackes as "turners," I'm afraid
the flexible things which you graded as "A" are called, in fact, rubber
scrapers. Spatulas are the flat, dull, knife-ish things with the wooden
handle you sometimes see people on commercials using to spread obscene
amounts of pink frosting on cake before putting the entire thing in the
dishwasher, for example.
I wouldn't have even cared enough to comment,
except for the fact that this was drilled into my head during my 8th
grade Family and Consumer Sciences class. The spatula thing, not the
dishwasher thing. Anyway, my theory is that "spatula" is infinitely more
fun to say than "turner," or "scraper," so that word was hijacked for use
by the other two. Darn scrapers.
I'm sorry, "scrapers" is too unnervingly
dentist-evoking for the name of a food preparation tool. I'm
going to have to overrule all authorities on the planet on this one.
just wanted to comment.. i'm from the south (GA.) and i wanted to
know... is it 'Milk' or 'Melk'.... and do you say 'pellows' or 'pillows'?
I say "milk." I only say "melk" when I'm
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